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I. Write an essay on the following topics in not more than 1500 Words 

  1. Mahatma Gandhi v/s Nehru v/s Sardar Patel – Whom would you choose as your PM if they were alive today? Explain why and why not.
  2. If you are given a ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections by the Aam Aadmi Party from New Delhi, would you contest leaving behind your IAS dream? Give a reasoned explanation.
  • Mukul Goyal

    Mahatma Gandhi v/s Nehru v/s Sardar Patel – Whom would you choose as your PM if they were alive today? Explain why and why not.

    Prime Minister of India is the most visible and important face in Indian political system. He is centre of decision making and head of govt in all practical senses. Head of govt always carry immense responsibility in every kind of polity whether it is dictatorship, presidential system or parliamentary system. This responsibility becomes all the more important in a diversified country like ours where different sections of people have entirely different demands, sometimes contradicting too. So to become PM of India demands certain qualities of administration to successfully tackle different problems. Mere stature of one’s personality may not be enough to be a PM.

    Even after 66 years of independence, it is still a hot debate topic that who should have been the PM of India Nehru or Patel. Though Gandhi never accepted any political position after the independence of India, still it is often discussed what could be results if Gandhi would have become PM of India.

    Often, answer of these debates is highly influenced by affinity with particular parties and misconceptions too esp. about Gandhi and Nehru. Though these great leaders struggled for India’s independence as a patriot, not just as Congress representatives, these leaders are often treated as property of particular parties.

    All three are highly admired leaders having different approaches towards society with the common aim of welfare of India. It is still relevant to discuss who among of these great leaders is best suited to become PM in today’s circumstances. Here we would try to analyse different aspects of their personality without being biased to our political affinity and misconceptions about them.

    In terms of their administrative qualities and development approach, we recognise these three leaders broadly as- Mahatma Gandhi for his Gram Swaraj model, Sardar Patel for integration of India and Nehru for socialistic approach of development and his influence on foreign policy of India.

    So if we compare today’s condition, there is focus on decentralization, devolution of power, empowerment at grass root, people participation in decision making across the world, in this sense Gandhi ji looks more relevant. 73rd and 74th amendment done to establish 3-tier local governance structure is based on Gandhian philosophy of decentralization only.

    At the same time, with the advent of globalization and increasing connected and interdependent world, foreign policy is becoming more and more important to maintain relationship with other countries and international organizations. Today every small-big decision is defined by global considerations and international organizations like WTO, UN and other regional or economic groups. It is his foreign policy’s vision Panchsheel and non-alignment because of which India could maintain its independent position during cold war period. Similarly no matter, how much we advocate on free market still growing inequality in the society makes the socialist policies essential. Here Nehru becomes relevant.

    On the other hand, there is growing separatist tendency in different parts of country on the basis of ethnicity, region, economic inequality, geographic conditions etc. Under these circumstances, integration skills of Sardar Patel seem to absolutely essential to maintain integrity, peace and harmony in country.
    Thus if we consider broadly only the core qualities of these leaders, no one can be said to be less relevant than others.

    Unlike Nehru and Patel, focus of Gandhi ji was more on spirituality. He believed in non-voilence, truthfulness, non-possessviness, self-discipline. His tools of protesting against evil like Satyagrah, fasting said to be outdated few years back. But people’s participation in Anna Hazare led India Against Corruption movement proved that Gandhi ji is still relevant. Mega success of movie based on Gandhi’s teachings like ‘Lage Raho MunnaBhai’ also shows, people still believe in success of non-voilence, truth.

    Gandhi’s passion to bring unprivileged section of society in mainstream can’t be undermined. Class divide on the basis of caste is still reality of our society. He explicitly focussed on education. He considered education as a tool of empowerment. Unlike today’s politicians who play reservation card and mobilize people on the basis of caste factor for their vote politics, Gandhiji looks much more relevant as he actually intented to bring them in main stream.

    Inspite of all these qualities, Gandhi ji had relatively less administrative experience compare to Patel and Nehru which seems to be quiet essential in today’s complex polity.

    Gandhiji had some kind of reluctance to use of technology. He was in favour of small scale manual labour based industries. But in these 66 years and specially in last two decades, technology has become inevitable part of our life. It does not seem to be practical to stay away from technology. With the globalised world, increasing population, growing consumerism, use of machines in production is absolutely essential to support the current lifestyle.

    Sardar Patel – ‘Iron man’ – is also one of the most admired personalities of our country. Thanks to him, because of which India is a sub-continent size country today. He showed his skills during Kheda Satyagrah and later when Congress contested for election after Govt of India 1935 act. And absolutely no doubt was left when he successfully integrated 562 princely states in India Republic. We need this kind of leader even today when we see insurgency in N-E states, separatists movement like Naxalism. Patel met with separatists with iron fists, unlike today when there is a growing feeling that separatists tendency, carelessness in law & order actually pays. These people are invited to be part of power rather than handling with tough decisions.

    Today our politicians treat bureaucracy as personal assistant with little scope for independent, impartial, neutral views. Patel was the man who clearly said to bureaucracy, if one can’t provide independent views, he should not become seceratary of his ministry. These kind of people with impeccable character are required in important constitutional positions today or even tomorrow. These principles can never be outdated.

    Nehru strived for humanism, secularism, socialism, progress of science, independence in international relations. Secularism is need of the day. With the rise of fundamentalist groups, one can clearly feel the polarization in Indian society based on religion. By secularization, he meant that no influence of religious factor in policy decisions. Any other consideration other than being human while treating citizens is offensive to democracy.

    Today progress science and technology is major factor which define the stature of a country in the world. More than man power, technology power like communication technology, satellite systems, expertism in cyber war etc decide the outcome of conflicts. Here Nehru deserves a special position. If he becomes PM today, our country may shift dependability from importing defense equipments and technology to self sufficiency by providing more inputs to R&D. Probably the moments like, when recently Bharat Ratan awardee eminent scientist C. N. R. Rao lightly mentioned in an interview ‘our politicians are idiots, they do not understand the value of science’, define how important the presence of Nehru can be today’s time.

    Presently whenever ISRO launches a satellite successfully, more than its features we debate about usefulness of spending money on it. Nehru can be very important in promoting scientific temper in society.

    Nehru was an eminent personality in international circles. He guided the whole foreign policy of India. Today we see, India lags in utilizing its diplomatic relations. Influence of regional parties and states is increasing in foreign policy matters like we noticed during water settlement with Bangladesh when CM of Bengal changed her mind in last moment, leading to embarrassment of country. In another instance, recently decision of PM participation in an international conference in Srilanka was influenced by Tamilnadu state politics. If Nehru becomes PM today, we would be successfully able to integrate the country and embarrassment in international circles can be avoided. In fact, India would be able to play more constructive role in international organization.

    Nehru gave utmost important to parliamentary process. He attended parliament session with great enthusiasm and gave respect to opposition too. This is much welcome need today considering the poor attendance, poor quality of debates, and less respect to opposition’s views. Character of parliament proceedings defines the quality of legislation and administration. One of the reasons of judicial activism is said to be apathy of our leadership, this can be tackled only if people like Nehru takes PM seat.

    On the economic front, though Nehru’s PSU based development model said to be failed but there is no doubt that PSUs played important role in India’s economic growth. And success-failure of PSUs should not be measured only in terms of monetary terms. It was the economic circumstances of that time which made socialist model essential. It would be incorrect to assume that Nehru would have been stucked on hard core socialist model even when whole world is feeling winds of LPG.

    Thus considering all the above facts, I would like to see Jawahar Lal Nehru as the PM of India today. Nehru has more acceptability in diversed social circles. However it does not mean that Gandhiji and Sardar Patel are incapable or less relevant in any way. They both are equally effective and much required in their own domain of expertise.

    If you are given a ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections by the Aam Aadmi Party from New Delhi, would you contest leaving behind your IAS dream? Give a reasoned explanation.

    Youth who do not take interest in politics are biggest culprit in failure of a country. Don’t forget it is the politics which define in which direction country will move. —— Chanakya
    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is the new kid in Indian political system but getting a lot of attention due to its untraditional way of politics or frankly speaking people oriented politics. It is founded by ex-civil servant Arvind Kejriwal aftermath of Lokpal movement led by Anna Hazare. Arvind Kejriwal has a proven track record of social service as he worked for RTI legislation, also got Raman Magsasay award for it. When all the tested methods of petitions, fasts failed, eventually no other path was left except to be part of political system to wipe out the corruption and criminalisation spread in politics.

    In fact, attitude of our politicians is so arrogant that they probably don’t even want to recognize demands of civil society. Rather than responding to demands of strong anti-corruption bill, politicians did their best to crush the movement and later challenged representatives of civil society to contest election and make law themselves. However after immense pressure from all corners of country, Parliament eventually passed ‘sense of house’ accepting demands of civil society for legislating strong Lokpal but eventually no action was taken. Under these circumstances a new political outfit Aam Aadmi Party was born.

    So foundation of AAP is based upon anti-corruption movement. Their recent success in Delhi assembly election reflects immense faith of people in AAP and erosion of credibility of established political parties.

    My journey of being an IAS and anti-corruption movement started almost together two years back. After working 4 years in IT industry, I realized something is missing in life, I must enhance ambit of my work environment. It cannot be purpose of my life to sit in a cubicle and communicating with unknown people using my computer through out my office hours. Though I managed to secure a comfortable life with fair salary but I could not remain ignorant and unresponsive to what is happening around me in the society. I cannot give a cold look to newspaper headings highlighting India’s failure of providing in basic amenities to our fellow countrymen.

    Eventually I started noticing the things more deeply, these shortcomings were translated to more refined terms IMR, MMR, HDI, inequality, birth rate, women safely, corruption, inefficiency, inclusive growth etc. More I dig deeper in various national and international reports, more I feel uncomfortable about the relatively poor condition of our country. I realized, in the name of highest, fastest, largest GDP growth, globalization, shining India, we are ignoring our larger population. We are dividing our country in India and Bharat.

    Similar to Aam Aadmi Party which came to politics as it became necessary to be part of system to clean the system, I decided to become part of system. Considering all my limitations that I am not super hero who can take horns with everyone, and it is not easy to survive in rotten system, I decided to prepare full time for Civil Services. Though like any other Indian, Bollywood is essential part of my life, I was in no illusion of changing everything the moment I become bureaucrat. But I knew very well that there is so much inefficiency in the system that even if an officer sitting in relatively higher responsible position does his duty well, without going out of his domain, he can impact thousands of life positively, or probably a million of people during his tenure.

    Politics is essential part of any country. Beauty of democracy is that inspite of being born in unprivileged conditions, a person can reach to top of political circle. There are many example when our leader came from very ordinary background and touched skies e.g. Sardar Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri etc. Though we proudly claim to be the largest democracy of world, today the political reality of our country is entirely different from the theoretical principles of democracy. Honesty and integrity are no more cherished qualities to become a politician. High command culture is growing in almost every party. More than your integrity and leadership skills, it is more important whose son or daughter you are, how much money and muscle power you can manage, otherwise by the time one will make its presence felt in the party, he would be in his fifties.

    Under these circumstances, it is almost impossible to become part of political system for a person with humble background. So if someone still wants to leave larger impact on society another options are NGO or Civil Services. NGOs are again highly dependent on govt aids for their functioning. So for an individual, becoming part of civil services seems to be next good option. I followed the same path.

    But now with the arrival of Aam Aadmi Party, atmosphere of politics is different. AAP has established new standards in politics by following utmost transparency in funding, democratic procedure in candidate selection, staying away from tainted candidates, involving people in preparing manifestos. In fact, this has created so much pressure on established political parties that they have started talking about same and trying to imitate AAP, though half-heartedly. AAP has successfully mobilized the youth who till now had lost interest in politics and was more interested in planning to make a career abroad rather than talking about politics, forget about taking participation in active politics.

    But AAP has proved to be a game changer. It made the people realized that politics is not that bad, it is bad politicians that make it a touch-me-not thing. Profile of AAP candidates reflects that people from humble background are considering politics as career. In fact, a recently elected MLA of AAP Akhilesh Tripathi came to Delhi to prepare for civil services and end up joining AAP and later elected as an MLA.

    Success of AAP in Delhi has attracted lots of attention from all walks of life. In a short period of one year, AAP has proved that an election can be contested with white money and using fair means.

    Now option of joining politics other than joining bureaucracy is also open for youth including me. Here comes a question to me if it is OK to switch to politics as AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate leaving the IAS preparation in between.

    I can get a well defined career path if I become a bureaucrat. I can help in implementing various programs of govt and eventually will participate in policy framing. As I mentioned earlier also, govt plans in themselves are not at much fault, it is the poor implementation which leads to non-results. And if an officer does his job sincerely, he can impact countless lives positively.

    Joining a political party and contesting an election may lead to uncertain career path. I may win or loose the election, I may not win the next election, my political career may wind up in five years or earlier too. But in my opinion that cannot be the sole reason, not to participate in politics.

    First time in our political history, a party is formed which talk about ethics and morality in politics. In the time, when our PM himself has indicated that rights under RTI should be curbed, AAP is demanding political parties should come under ambit of RTI. When reports on criminalisation of politics are not even considered by our parliamentirians, there is a party which cancelled the ticket of a candidate 1 week before the election just because there was a complaint against him in a domestic violence case. Today more than 30% of our representatives have criminal cases against them, it would be odd to expect them to strive for anti-corruption and decriminalisation laws.

    Latest, AAP asked referendum from people if they should take support to form the govt from the party against which it contested. This is something unheard in Indian politics. When regular political parties show reluctance in implementing slightest election reforms, it could be foundation stone of democratic tools like Referendum and Initiatives.

    Two years back I might have rejected all these arguments just as political gimmicks if someone told me these possibilities in politics. But once you start preparing for civil, you realise how much wrong is happening because people of ignorance of people, people are not aware about constitutional provisions. They have eventually accepted that politics is dirty game and it is not their cup of tea. It is absolutely essential that people with good educational background and good intention should come forward to join politics.

    After being an informed person, thanks to civil services preparation, I feel all the more inclined towards the vision of AAP. There are many instances when I noticed what various ARC reports recommends AAP actually has those things in their manifestos. When all other parties want to concentrate power in their hands, AAP argues for decentralization strongly with the concept of Mohalla Samitis. What AAP is doing since last one year and has intension to do further, that’s what an IAS aspirant study as part of ‘what should be done’.

    Being an MP will provide me more say in policy decisions. Scope of influencing society would be larger. Today an MP is practically inaccessible for five years to the people of its constituency once he got elected, he immediately become VIP. This situation has to be changed and for this honest, informed, and people with integrity and ethical principles must come forward. Role of informed youth should not be confined to writing academic articles on shortcomings of govt.

    Delhi has a different demography compare to other states of India. People from all regions, languages, cultures are Delhi voters. Society is not stratified on the basis of caste and religion as rigidly as in other parts of country. It has urban and informed voter. It is relatively easier to set communication link with Delhi voters and make them realise lags in our development process. I understand, contesting election on the ticket of AAP from Delhi in itself is not guarantee of winning an election but one must not forget what Shahrukh Khan says in his latest movie Chennai Express, ‘Don’t underestimate the power of a common man’. One year back, o one could have predicted how politics would be changed.

    AAP has a lot to prove now. It has to be tested how it maintains its high principles in the era of coalition politics, hyper-sensitive media and strongly advert opposition. But considering the track record so far and profiles of its leadership, I would not hesitate to contest Lok Sabha election if given an opportunity. However I have no reluctance in saying that my answer could be different if it is not AAP.

    • Srinu

      3356 words…Great man!

      • Srinu

        ie..1500 words first essay and 1800 second essay!

    • Karthik

      very good one bro…..u mentioned a lot of good nd valid points to back ur arguments….but i wud like to point out one aspect.

      i feel in essay ur first para ie introduction becomes really imp….it tells how ur essay will unfold in coming pages…..i felt ur first three paras were not required. ur 4th para cud have become ur 1 st para “All three are highly admired leaders having different approaches………….”

  • Tauseef Ahmad

    My essay on AAP :(
    Non satisfactory attempt but sharing to get good ideas from fellow members :) It is lengthy as I had 1500 words in my mind. I have uselessly incorporated many things because with 4 or 5 points I could’t have written anywhere near 800 words. So bear with me for that :)

    My country owes me nothing except it has given me a chance. I was born here, did schooling. learned its essence, its historic,geographic and socio-economic set up. It gave me independence of action and opportunity for service and honor.

    The whole idea of serving my nation zeroes to this particular thought ” there is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men, there is no greater contribution than to help the weak and there is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well .”

    But the perplexing question is to choose the right path ans strategy. Before jumping into the wave of inner conscience and dreams, one should cross check the experiences from segments of life.Both, politics and civil services, in general coincides for the service of the nation and selecting one of them solely depends on one’s personal diligence. One should not conclude that either of them is best and the other is not.

    As inferred, the centric theme is serving the nation and that depends on one’s personal credibility to do justice with the position he/she holds. If a political figure is competent enough in his duty then the morale of serving the nation is justified. The same hold good for any civil servant.

    History is testimony for the fact that many political leaders sacrificed their life in the service of the nation. If one goes by the credentials that they held, definitely the onus of choosing politics is more promising. Not to mention, contemporary scenario has dampened the image of heralded political figures and young generation is a bit apprehensive of taking politics as there first preference.

    I, do not go by prevailing discontent rather I opt for my diligence and conscience. My dream of being an IAS is not prejudiced by rejecting the opportunity of serving the nation through politics. Moreover, it is guided by gradual learning experiences and my upbringing. Before I adjudicate to pursue civil services over political offer, i should enumerate and justify my stand.

    Since my childhood, I was a challenge- loving person. I had little knowledge of politics and civil services. Being a sportsperson, I travelled alot and got to experience the diversity of our nation. The lower middle class people always aspire for a decent job and success is attributed to a well settled life. I was no exception and was on my way to earn PhD. Nothing could have stopped me either if I would not have joined a conference by an NGO, run by my friend. I visited villages, learned the conditions of our people who are in majority and suffering with inhumane treatment.

    I pondered, how could this happen when our government is exercising and mobilizing so many flagship programs in the benefit of such people. Where are the leaders and administration, who are solely accountable to work for them. The prowess of the situation and questions demeaned my perception, of our country being prosperous and pro people. I started learning things and inquiring about the root cause. Minute finding suggested that the consequence is because of lack of administrative machinery and political will.

    The fact that, in politics the clout of party and collective will suppresses the will of an individual irrespective of righteous and honest work one want to do. This is one of the reasons of malfunctioning of our representatives, who could not be firm on their flying promises at the time of election. On contrary, a civil servant has more individual freedom and diverse responsibility to work at grass root level.

    My whole idea of becoming a civil servant is premised upon firm belief that I have to work at grass root level without compromising on my credibility. If I accept any lucrative offer like ticket from Aam Admy Party, my decision making capability will be at stake. Once I decided to work as an administrator, I should not be vulnerable to any offers. Lucrative offers are bound to come and if I am nascent to select them, then I will never be a potent administrator. It may be possible that after selecting one offer, I may fall for other more lucrative offers.

    So, based on my firm determination and decision, I will opt for my dream, not by chance, but with pragmatic approach. A civil servant is surmounted by challenges and responsibilities, has liberty to work for better administration. He is mandated by constitutional authorities and individually responsible for his decision making and responsibilities. I find this work the best as it will give me a chance to widen my horizon of being a competent administrator.

    Being a civil servant, I will mobilize resources, look after the socio-economic conditions of my domain and strive hard to implement the positive changes, needed, especially connecting with masses. Which I seldom would do if I join any political party.

    The rampant corruption, ill-fated societal problems and malfunctioning of administrative machinery will provide me with an opportunity to directly face them and adjudicate supplementary solutions, that would be a bit problematic under political aegis. My inherited honesty and zeal would not be compromised as i would be solely responsible for my decision making and administrative credibility.

    Moreover, an offer from AAP, which itself is in infant stage should not deter me from pursuing my ambition. The sort of response it has got is incredible but it has to pass the test of time. The principles on which their victory is premised will be judged in time to come. However, I will not reject the offer just on the basis of its nascent phase but on the basis of my personal commitments and integrity. The dream for which I lived and strive all the time, will never be compromised just on the premise of any lucrative offers.

    The major problems of our society is convincingly ignored by the higher hierarchy of administrative authority and political parties but as an administrator I may fill the void of contact between common man and administration. The more the connectivity, the more is the problem solving skills, the more problems are solved, the more balanced and inclusive our society will be.

    By sidelining the offer of AAP, I do not demean the qualitative work certain political figures and party does. But I will be more focused and determined to set an example that our administration is competent enough provided the individual holding the position maintains the integrity.

    I am very much connected to the lines ” We cannot live for ourselves alone, our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as result.”

    • Mukul Goyal

      my friend, plz dont call ticket from AAP as lucrative offer —“any lucrative offer like ticket from Aam Admy Party”…… Candidates of AAP have to face 100 times difficult challenges than any other party. Telling u from personal experience as I am observing this party since its origin.

      • Tauseef Ahmad

        Mukul Goyal
        My friend :)

        Lucrative offer is just a word to address about fascinating offers, I could guess that u might have personal attachments with AAP. I didn’t reject the idea of working wid AAP or any party. I just addressed what I would opt for :)
        I mentioned that, many political figures and party works immensely at grass root level. Though I missed on many fronts but I didn’t want to be parochial any way. So I took a balanced stand :)

      • NITIN

        I too agree with ur point…..i think Tauseef bhai…..had mixed traditional way of politics which yes, he can call lucrative offers but forgot the AAP way of politics which is very hard n genuine with sole aim for national Service……..What is lucrative if u r not taking lal batti, no vip culture, no MLA fund…………So i dont agree it is a lucrative offer……..

    • Karthik

      ur base is good…..the lines on which u tried to put ur argument is solid…..the idea of not deviating from ur goal and nascent stage of AAP are really good arguments.
      cheers :-D

      • Tauseef Ahmad

        Thankeww so much Kartik babu..Badhiya hi :)

        I learnt so much from u …blessed to have u in my group bro

  • Srinu

    Dear friends..waiting for ur opinion on this essay
    If you are given a ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections by the Aam Aadmi Party from New Delhi, would you contest leaving behind your IAS dream? Give a reasoned explanation.
    Politican and IAS officer both are important for the society. Both can make the changes in the society. Both have an impact on the thousands of lives. It is important to choose between these two based on his aim in life.
    What is my aim in life?
    • To do a job where there is a lot of respect.
    • To utilize my leadership skills
    • Serve the nation with pride
    • Administer the society in a descent way
    • Social upliftment of the poor for the welfare of the society
    Politics vs Beurocracy
    A politician is a person who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making. He is elected by the people. To win in the election, he has to win the confidence of many. It is necessary spend a lot of money. Civil service is the permanent bearocracy of the government of India. Ministers lay down the policy; it is the civil servant to carry out this policy. IAS is one of the three all-india-services. A civil servant is responsible for the law and order and general administration in the area under his work. There are other ways to work for the society like work in an NGO and some charity works like that. But politics and beurocracy has a larger impact on the society. Let me analyse which is the best way to achieve my aims.
    Aim 1: to do a job where there is a lot of respect.
    It cannot be denied that during the recent decades, there has been tremendous erosion in the respect and esteem for parliamentary institutions and the legislators in general. On the other side civil service is increasing its respect every day. Respect comes from being honesty. It is very difficult for a political person to be honest.
    Aim 2: To utilize my leadership skills
    There is no doubt that both the politics and beaurocracy needs leadership skills; but high skills of leadership are required as an executive than as legislator. Making the law requires knowledge while implementing requires leadership.
    Aim 3: Serve the nation with pride
    Right or wrong, the people feel that the breeds of politicians in all parties are generally selfish, power-hungry, greedy, and dishonest. They are so busy in the struggle for power that they have no time or energy left for serving the people. Then where is the pride to serve the nation.
    Aim 4: Administer the society in a descent way
    A society can be better administered by properly implementing the policies. The important function of a civil servant is the implementation of policies framed by the legislature. My purpose here can be served better as an IAS officer than a politician.
    Aim 5: Social upliftment of the poor for the welfare of the society.
    Our nation has so many good policies for the each section of the society. If really implemented well with good will there can be definitely social upliftment of the poor. This can be achieved well as a civil servant than a politician. It is very important that every resident of our country know his/her rights and benefits that they are eligible to; they should also know the ways to get those benefits. As a civil servant, I will make this (awareness) as my first priority.
    From the above point it is clear that my aims can be achieved better as an IAS officer than as a politician. Though I have got a ticket to contest in election form Aam Admi Party (or any other party), I do not accept it at this stage. I pursue my dream of an IAS officer and reach my goals.

    • Mukul Goyal

      My dear, Aam Aadmi Party is entirely missing in this essay. Essay is not about choice between IAS and Politician, it is about IAS vs Politician with Aam Aadmi Party tag.

      ” On the other side civil service is increasing its respect every day.” – highly controversial statement

      “high skills of leadership are required as an executive than as legislator” – can’t assume so

  • Mahendra

    I’m just virtually lambasted, after reading such good essays.As sir told that wiki and google will be useless, I just wrote whatever came to my mind, so I can’t even laugh at such naive essays. Although, I will says that all of the essays that you guys posted here,are different from each other, and are properly structured. But, still, they are not perfect and could be improved by the discussions approach that, INSIGHTS is going incorporate in their classes.I’m sure that learning from each other will be really fun in offline classes. And compulsion to read and write daily and champion the exams in 1 year time, will make it such a fierce and healthy competition.40 lucky people are going to get selected, and I’m sure they will be best out of those 130 serious aspirants. Fingers crossed, waiting for results, and best of luck to you all too.

  • rs5000month

    If you are given a ticket to contest Lok Sabha elections by the Aam Aadmi Party from New Delhi, would you contest leaving behind your IAS dream? Give a reasoned explanation.

    If I am given the ticket of Lok Sabha elections by Aam Aadmi party, this is really fascinating prospective. But, if they are giving me ticket to fight Lok Sabha Elections, surely they would see something in me, before giving me ticket. One of the factors which is important for AAP is honesty and integrity of the chosen candidate and if he can work to eliminate corruption in all forms from the country.
    I support the cause, and strongly support the AAP, but winning, the election even if I get ticket is quite, circumstantial. I may win, and I may not win the election. If I win, what will be the benefits to me, what could I do after becoming MP, and most of all, what were the objectives that I choose to become an MP, leaving all my dreams especially IAS.
    Now, these questions are really tricky and can haunt anyone, who wants to do something significant for the society. I’m a kind hearted person, and when I see the problems that our country Is facing right now, it becomes really difficult to choose, what exactly I want. AAP wants to eliminate corruption which is the root cause of maximum of problems that our country is facing. Some of the main problems, which arise due to corruption, are poverty, lack of responsibility, nepotism, favouritism, and delay in completion of projects, lack of quality in public works and most of all neglect of deserving and competent persons on various posts. Government is highest authority, from which all sources of corruption drive power. So, if I’m at source of the government, supposing that I become minister, I can effectively tackle corruption. I can increase employment opportunities, make sure that officers that work under me are working impartially, and if I’m not corrupt, I can make sure that they are also not corrupt and general work goes on without corruption. I can formulate policies, which tackle corruption effectively and in general have a developmental approach.
    But, these are all hypothetical situations, deriving from the fact that what common public wants. Politics is not easy, and people who choose their representatives have their own aspirations and dreams. For, different classes’ different issues are there. Some consider corruption as main issue, but others support class, caste, hierarchy, their own representation and representation of their cause, communal issues etc. A riot affected area, where communal harmony was prevailing and people were living in brotherhood, suddenly becomes totally changed after riots. After such incidents, people start looking themselves as, we are Muslim, and we are Hindu or we are Christian and other community is different from us. In that case they forget, and vote on communal lines. In such cases, AAP is certain to loose, as its aims are very sacrosanct for me, but they are just not influential to make me the representative of the people. People will prefer security and peace, on communal lines and will vote for such political candidates who have polarised the general populace on communal lines.
    Other than this, there are many regional parties, which are doing good development in their respective states. Due to their local governance and regionalism they choose local parties to form state government instead of national government. So, if I get ticket from these areas, then also I’m also not sure that I’ll win or not as I’m just a normal guy who left his IAS dream and went into politics. Due to my preparation of IAS I’m better informed and I understand the social issues, economic issues, land issues, etc. better and I can work, but the problem is to persuade people and make them believe in the cause of AAP and eligibility of yourself. If you are not eligible, you are going to get rejected. . For winning, you will need a lot of money, a well-informed supportive cadre of people who work for you mainly young volunteers and a general movement so that people do believe your cause.
    You, can always return back to pursue your IAS dream, but then the question arises, why you went to politics, when you were not confident of winning? So, if I go to politics, contesting on AAP ticket, then it will depend totally on the above mentioned points.
    Now, let us consider that I reject the proposal of AAP, even though I believe in their cause, and I continue my studies to pursue my dream of becoming an IAS officer. Since, this was my dream from a long time, and I have strong reasons to become an administrative officer, I would like to continue working on the dream and make it possible. One, day I will become IAS, and if AAP forms government then I will have more administrative freedom to work with honest politicians and work for the betterment of the society. I think that, both honest administrators and honest politicians are the need of country right now. AAP will get someone else, to stand, who will work on those lines, and with me becoming IAS I can also assure at-least one more honest officer. Plus, officers work on ground issues, and in fact they execute most of the government schemes. I believe that, fault is not in the government schemes, but it is in the implementation level. So, becoming an IAS allows me to work directly with the day to day problems in the implementation of these schemes and removal of problems arising out of them.
    Also, this service gives me, a sense of pride, peace, satisfaction, and commitment to serve country and people, which I may/may not find in active politics. Also leaving IAS studies will be a tough decision. Again I’ll have to consult my parents, who financed all my studies. They will also have to agree, if I were to enter in active politics, which I don’t think they will allow.
    A lot of funds come directly under district magistrate, which I can utilise effectively with my expertise to generate more employment and eliminate poverty. I can effectively educate people, about their rights; I can make sure that other government institutions are doing their work properly and for the benefit of the people. Law and order is maintained by police and no one is discriminated on basis of caste or community. The general masses love an honest officer, who works effectively and is intelligent and hard working. I have these qualities in me, so I will keep pursing my IAS dream instead of going into politics.
    Lastly, government is our political boss, and we have to work under him, according to the constitution of India. There is clear separation of powers between all wings of the country. If I become IAS, one day I can reach up-to secretary level, and then I can help ministers to formulate the future laws of this country and I’ll be the main advisor on various issues. So, I’ll be equally important to minister who comes to power, with no administrative expertise and is solely dependent on my advice. I’ would have already field work experience, can work better with him. In end he is the chosen representative and he will tell what exactly the people need, and final decisions will be under him, but still I think that, I’ll have a far greater role in shaping the future of my country if I’m an IAS officer rather than a politician.
    Being an IAS I also get handsome salary, challenging job, respect and secure tenure up-to my retirement. And when I’ would have completed my job, I would have defiantly made my own mark by working for the people tirelessly and leading them as expected from me, by the people and constitution of India. Later, after retirement, if I still have high energy levels, and if the time demands I can enter active politics as till then I would have vast administrative experience and popularity among people, by my own achievements during service. These will help me to gather crucial votes that are needed by all candidates. Just, getting tickets from a good party is not enough. I will need to prove myself which I can’t do right now.
    So, after looking at all perspectives and after having a deep introspection, I came to the conclusion that I should reject AAP proposal for MP ticket, and continue my studies to materialise my IAS dream.

    • Prashanth

      I may win, and I may not win the election – Good point this.
      Just one suggestion — adding this would’ve made your point even better – If you contest, your fate is in people’s hands but if you pursue your dream, it is 100% in your hands :-)

      • Mahendra

        Tons of thanks Prashanth for your valuable suggestion, really appreciated. Please be more critical, and draw all the negative points, which should not be written. This will always help me a lot to make my work finer, as I’m a fast learner.

        • Prashanth

          You are welcome..
          Ok let me review a bit more. From UPSC point of view, your essay shows that you are pro AAP or atleast too optimistic about AAP where you could’ve been diplomatic :-). Eg: Sentences like ‘One, day I will become IAS, and if AAP forms government then I will have more administrative freedom to work with honest politicians’ – This honest politicians part, we cannot guarantee :)
          Again from UPSC point of view one more sentence ‘and with me becoming IAS I can also assure at-least one more honest officer’, You said ‘at least’ which looks to me as if there is a scarcity of Honest officers. Better to write things like these without any influence and Honesty as a prerequisite :)
          Finally what I can say is you were being honest in writing. Also, Vinay sir clearly pointed out above that “Your views should be honest and straightforward, not to impress readers/examiners”, so if there are certain marks assigned for honesty, I guess you will get them. Once again this is just my opinion :)

          All the best!

          • NITIN

            Prashanth Bhai ……..please also review my essay……

          • Mahendra

            ahhh, :D Thanks a lot, these points matter a lot between selection and rejection. From now, I won’t personalize, and will try to generalize my essays. These things are what we need to learn from each other. Criticizing others gives you more broad view, and more points, than you have and getting criticism develops your approach to refine your work. So, thanks again Prashanth. Nitin, I’m doing review for you, please you also write something against mine essays, points should differ from Prashanth.

  • rs5000month

    Nehru vs Patel vs Gandhi – Who is best suited for becoming PM if they are alive today

    We live in beautiful country of India, which is 7th largest country and biggest democracy in the world. India is quite big, and at same time, it constitutes very diverse people, who differ in language, customs, religion, traditions, ethnicity, dress, food etc. But, still we live in peace and harmony with each other and follow diplomatically formed governments.
    But 65 years back, we were not free. We were colonies of the British Empire. The British came to India as normal traders. But, soon they started getting involved in local feuds of the indigenous people. Due, to lack of unity, and internal feuds between local rulers, our country step by step came under their rule. In fact, there was no India as a whole prior to that. British people did not come here to settle. They started exploiting our economy for the benefit of their motherland. Our country was made a raw material producer and importer of finished goods from the factories in Britain. Local industries were destroyed by a series of measures, strictly aiming at their destruction. British rule was for the benefit of rulers who had no interest in the development of India. Due to this neglect, India became very backward in every field. Local industries suffered a lot. Agriculture, education, health conditions became worse. These factors, combined with discontent among local rulers over Doctrine of Lapse policy, and discontent among Indian sepoy’s of British army in India resulted in 1857 First war of Independence.
    But, the revolt was easily suppressed, and condition again became similar prior to 1857. So, in 1885 INC was formed to peacefully put the Indian concerns over these matters in front of British Government. But, with passing time, INC went through a lot of changes. It became the national front to oppose the government on various issues. INC constituted great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel. These popular leaders led to freedom of our Nation. The characteristics and personalities of these 3 people are entirely different. These 3 had very different ideologies and perspectives, about how the country should be governed.
    Mahatma Gandhi started his carrier as a barrister and he successfully campaigned, mass movements in South Africa. He returned to India in 1915 and joined INC. After that he, led many mass movements in India. His ideology was truth and ahimsa. Gandhi wanted that country should evolve tolerance and empathy towards whole world in general and weaker sections in particular. He was biggest advocator of devolution of powers to the local levels. He wanted that every village should be self-sufficient in its basic needs of clothing, food, and residence. Local people should take decisions on their life by themselves. They should produce, the food, clothes in their own villages. He was staunchly opposed to any war or violent activity.
    The popular movements which led to our countries freedom were all unique in nature. They were all non-violent movements, which incorporated, peaceful means of opposition that included dharna, fasts, hartals, non-cooperation etc. His ideology was that if something is unjust common people should protest against it diplomatically and should get to a peaceful solution rather than fighting armed revolution. He was opposed to the bifurcation of country into India and Pakistan. He was secular, and was having empathy and tolerance towards all groups of society. He fought for the cause of downtrodden groups of our society whom he gave name “harizans”, meaning people of god.
    If Mahatma Gandhi were to rule today, he would like to make India a non-violent soft power. India fought 3 wars with Pakistan and 1 war with china. Our country is still following the principle of no attack on any other country and retaliation only in case of self-defence. But an idealistic approach or too much adherence to a particular ideology is harmful for the country. We can’t get ruled by Gandhian approach in present context when our country is facing a lot of problems , in the form of extremism, terrorist operations, violent secessions demands, and constant danger from neighbouring countries of a possible war due to these issues. So, remaining ideal and having no military or nuclear capability, would harm our countries interests in contemporary world.
    Pandit Nehru was moderate in his thoughts and behaviour. He was a secular person, who ruled our country as Prime Minister for a long time. He successfully led 3 popular democratic governments of congress. Our countries economic and social policy and the path of development that we followed, were all lead by him. He was a very intelligent person, who gave beautiful speeches. He was popular among the common masses. People loved him, and small children called him Chacha Nehru. He was a founder member of NAM. In his leadership many congress sessions were held.
    He was also ideological and assumed many things as idealistic. His was not far sighted as apparent from his decisions regarding china. He was not able to diplomatically solve the border issues with China which resulted in 1962 war, in which our country faced a humiliating defeat. NAM also became irrelevant as our country had to look for help from America and Britain during Chinese invasion. Soviet Republic remained neutral during this war, due to our clear policy of non-alignment. This incident showed that you can’t remain neutral, if you are a stakeholder in regional balancing of powers.
    Socialistic approach that our country accepted under his leadership was also not able to produce the results as were planned in our planning. A lot of people remained poor and backward despite the planning adopted for them. Nehru was having a strong central tendency and wanted authoritative rule. He was not pragmatic, and considered issues emotionally rather than in practical manner. His emphasis that Prime Minister should have greater powers than the rest of his Cabinet and he being their supreme leader and sole decision maker, was harmful for a democratic setup. If asked to govern India now, he would be a failure, since, when he ruled congress was having a absolute majority, and a clear mandate. But, to run government now, you need coalition governments and a more diplomatic setup in which you will have to hear the voices of all classes and regional aspirations before taking strong decisions.
    Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was the third eminent personality and freedom fighter. He was Cabinet home minister. He is called iron man of India. Patel was very strong leader. He started his carrier as a barrister. He came in active politics by contesting the local elections of Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad. There, he remained chairman of the Corporation for several years and worked very well. Later, he came to know Gandhi and was deeply inspired by this actions and thoughts. He became a disciple of Gandhi, and led many mass movements in Bardaoli, and other districts of Gujarat as instructed by Gandhi. He was a practical person. He believed in democratic setups, and always used to call meetings and take important decisions. Thus his decisions always had the support of maximum stakeholders.
    He united India, by his tactical and diplomatic approach. The success of his achievements can be gauged from the fact that, many princely states, which wanted to remain independent or to join Pakistan, gradually became part of India. Today, the present shape of our country is due to the efforts of Sardar Patel. He was also opposed to partition, but being pragmatic, when he saw that separation was inevitable for the peace and security, he supported the partition. He was instrumental in forming the Administrative Services, as according to him, these were vital for the unity of the country. He also wanted democratic setup in the cabinet and was of the favour that Prime Minister is also a part of Cabinet and all important decisions should be taken diplomatically and not authoritatively by Prime Minister. He was quick to act and was very good administrator. He successfully, handled riots and communal violence, with the limited resources at his hand. He provided comfort and shelter to aggrieved Muslim families.
    In present context, Sardar Patel is best suited to become Prime Minister of the country. He is practical in his approach towards the problems that our country faces today. He would be perfect to take apt action on issues of regionalism, terrorism, separatism, turbulent neighbours and international relations etc. If he was alive and was our Prime Minister, then I believe that he could have easily solved the regional matters, and would have taken care of regional aspirations while keeping strong centre intact. His diplomatic approach of having meetings on important issues is highly appraised and is the need of present hour where politics has become dynastical and quite authoritative in nature.
    So, in end I would like to conclude that all three leaders Nehru, Gandhi and Patel were unique and were totally different from each other. They were all great leaders, but, if these 3 were alive today, then Patel is best suited among equals to govern our nation.

  • nikhilesh

    sir , I have sent my both essays before 04.00 p.m on 18 th itself. please confirm the receipt of my essays.

  • RAJ

    Could You please post the best 10 essays ?? in pdf or word format please.